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Philanos Governance Committee

Philanos Opens Nominations for National Positions!  Application deadline:  Friday, February 3, 2023

As a member of the national Philanos team, you have opportunity to:

  • Create and amplify quality initiatives and solutions for affiliates across the globe;
  • Change the narrative of an area of collective giving through your expertise and passion;
  • Collaborate with women with diverse experiences and perspectives;
  • Gain Confidence and be nurtured in your philanthropic leadership journey;
  • Connect to women from across the network who are equally as committed to women’s collective giving; and
  • Celebrate the joy of new friendships and fresh ways of thinking!

These “6 C’s of Women’s Giving”, created by Women’s Philanthropy Institute founders Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha Taylor, inspire us all in our daily efforts locally, and nationally.

We believe Philanos’ efforts to inspire women’s philanthropy and strengthen organizations for impactful grantmaking are best when inclusive of women with a range of skills and diversity of thought and experience. Together, we are impacting communities for the better!

Board of Directors 
3-year term (from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026)

Experience needed in these areas:
Communications, Development, Fundraising, Membership, Technology, Webinar Creation

Click here for committee descriptions and Board member criteria

Governance Committee Member At-Large 
1-year term (from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024)

Experience needed in these areas:
Board-level Governance, Nominations, Strategic Planning

Governance Committee Members

Board Members

Paula Perkins, Governance Chair

Susan Benford, Philanos Chair

at-large members

Amy Inman 
Spirit of St. Louis Women's Fund, MO

Kandy Elliott
Roanoke Women's Foundation, VA

Margo Greenfield
Impact 100 Essex, NJ


The Philanos Governance Committee is an advisor to the Board and makes recommendations regarding its due diligence function related to the fiduciary responsibilities; strategic planning; succession planning; development and operation of the board, committees and task forces; and performance of both individual board members and the board as a whole, ensuring effective governance of the Network. The committee reviews/revises the governing documents at least every two years, executes an annual board survey and recommends committee structure changes as needed. The committee also forecasts the leadership needs of the Board and its committees, conducting an annual nomination process for directors and officers. The number of participants on this Committee is defined by the Network’s bylaws and includes individuals from our affiliates who have been nominated.

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